Dramatized version of Aesop's fable starring farm animals, including an owl, a fox, a goose, a rooster, a raccoon and a hare.
PRESENTS THE FABLE BY AESOP IN WHICH THE STEADY TORTOISE DEFEATS THE HARE IN A RACE. USES REAL ANIMALS AS CHARACTERS IN THE FABLE.
An all-star cast of real animals including a wise old owl who acts as judge, a fox who lays out the woodland race course, a gossipy goose, a rooster and a raccoon who wakes up Mr. Hare too late.
Lots of close ups of owl, fox, hare and tortoise
December 30, 2005 Subject:
Very nice rendition of the classic story. The closeup shots of the various animals are fun to watch, and the narrator's voice is effective. The pacing of the film is deliberately slow and steady, just like the movement of the tortoise.
December 12, 2005 Subject:
This film was an excellent supplement or introduction to the reading of Aesop's fables. Well directed and photographed. Good placement of the trained animals. Would have been enhanced had it been in color.
March 18, 2004 Subject:
laaaft, right, laaaft, right
One of those films they would have shown us in elementary school in lieu of actually reading. Interesting little film illustrating Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare. The accent of the narrator, however...quite strange. Lack of background music tends to make some of it rather boring, but overall a cute little piece.
June 25, 2003 Subject:
A really curious film, as it looks to be a film that looks to really have happened almost. What I mean by that, is the stuff in early animal shorts tend to be a little on the cruel side. So, aside from one or two scenes, this was a great short made by a) obviously well trained animals or b) well drugged animals. All the animals seem to be getting along fine with the other. I honestly was waiting for the owl to swoop down and nab the rabbit, ripping it's head off. Now, wouldn't that be a great ending boys and girls?
Reviewer:Wilford B. Wolf
May 5, 2003 Subject:
This 1947 film presages the Disney nature films of the 1950s and 1960s, using a folksy narrator to anthropomorphize the animals. However, the movie incredibly stands the test of time, being a great telling of the classic Aesop's fable. Very well planned and executed, and not to mention some wonderful shots of typical forest animals.